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For Expecting Mothers, Hoag Delivers the Best

Hoag’s reputation for high quality maternal health services is known throughout Orange County and well beyond, thanks to renowned clinical care, state-of-the-art facilities and word-of-mouth from the thousands of families who choose Hoag for this special moment in their lives.

More than 6,300 babies were delivered at Hoag in 2016 alone, more than at any other hospital in the county. Hoag’s prenatal classes are among the most sought-after in the community. The coveted Women’s Choice Award® recognized Hoag as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics and Parenting OC awarded Hoag “Best Birthing Center.”

Hoag’s portfolio of services from prenatal to postpartum care is the most comprehensive in the region. And our evidence-based approach, skilled nursing staff and physician leadership has led to a significant reduction in our C-section rate and steady climb of our VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) rate.

“Caesarean delivery is major surgery. It carries the risk of a variety of complications, and newborns delivered by C-section are at risk of impaired respiratory function. Studies have found that by reducing the rate of non-medically necessary C-sections, we can improve the health and well-being of mothers and newborns,” said obstetrician Jeffrey Illeck, M.D. “Hoag is proud to be a leader in this change.”

This year, Hoag will expand its industry-leading maternity program by offering OB education classes in Irvine.

“Caring for our patients and touching their lives in meaningful ways, is a profound privilege and an incredible source of pride for all of us at Hoag,” said Allyson M. Brooks, M.D., chief quality officer, Hoag, and the Ginny Ueberroth Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair, Hoag Women’s Health Institute. “So many of our patients come to us from Irvine and South County. We are excited to be able to offer them prenatal services closer to home.”

Some of the maternity services Hoag offers include a Level III NICU staffed by CHOC physicians, offering the highest level of care to infants born prematurely or with complications. The 21-bed NICU offers NICView cameras, funded by philanthropy, so families and friends across the globe can see and bond with the baby. Hoag also offers a full-time, on-site maternal fetal medicine specialist who coordinates the care of delivering moms with high-risk conditions, like diabetes or high blood pressure.

To ensure expectant moms and their growing families get the right start in this new, exciting chapter, Hoag provides a variety of pre- and post-natal classes and programs. Additionally, WOMANOLOGY® by Hoag in Newport Beach and Irvine offers prenatal yoga, sexual health counseling and pelvic floor evaluation and therapy.

And Hoag takes seriously the depression and other mental health conditions that can develop during pregnancy and postpartum. Several resources are available including:

  • A new maternal mental health support line at 949-764-5333
  • An online booklet available for download at hoag.org/womens-mental-health
  • A 4-week New Mom Series: Strategies to optimize your physical and emotional well-being for moms 6-weeks postpartum starting January 25 at WOMANOLOGY® by Hoag Newport Beach
  • A licensed psychologist at WOMANOLOGY® by Hoag who offers consults
  • A reproductive psychiatrist on staff at Hoag who offers consults

“We recognize that it is a privilege to welcome a new life into this world, and we are so honored and grateful that so many families choose to begin here at Hoag,” Dr. Brooks said.

For more information, call 888-298-3051.